all you need to pack for giving birth at the hospital.
Towards the end of pregnancy make sure to have your hospital bag ready, so that you have a smooth beginning. It should contain practical things, items that make you feel safe and must-have documents.
In most hospitals it is possible to apply for your baby's birth certificate during your post-labor stay. Some hospitals have an in-house Standesamt. Their staff might come to your room, but more often you have to go to their office in the hospital to register your baby. Make sure to ask the hospital you plan to give birth about their procedure and what documents they require.
Here is a list of the documentation you need to bring with you in your hospital bag.
Make multiple copies of these documents and bring the copies as well as the originals:
- Mutterpass (no copy needed) and referral from the OBGYN
- Health Insurance Card of the mother / mother to be (no copy needed)
- Birth Certificate of both parents (-to-be) (translated in to German)*
- Declaration of paternity / Vaterschaftsanerkennung (only if parents aren't married)
- Diplomas for any parent who has a Master's Degree or higher (if you wish to have your qualification initials included on the birth certificate)
- Parents' marriage certificate (translated in to German)*
- Registration documents of you and your partner (Polizeiliche Anmeldung)
- – If you are a non-German citizen you will need a copy of your passport and your visa and a translated version of your marriage certificate
* It is recommended to get your birth certificates and marriage certificate translated into German. Again you could check this with the Standesamt beforehand
- Snacks for you and your partner or number of a food delivery service
- Loose gown or T-shirt to give birth in
- Something warm for after labor e.g. cardigan
- Drinks (water, often fizzy, will likely be nearby during labor, but if you want any other drinks, make sure to bring it with you)
- Thick socks or slippers
- Hair tie
During your stay
- Loose night gown or shirt; ideally opening in the front for easy breast feeding
- Nursing bras or nursing vests / tops
- Cotton underwear / panties
- Dressing gown
- Toiletries (such as shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrush) Heavy duty pads will be provided by the hospital during your stay (make sure to take a handful of them home with you if you leave hospital within a day or two of giving birth)
- Spare towel for your partner if you will be staying in a 'family room' together
- Phone and charger (plus enough space for pictures on your phone)
- Comfortable clothes for you to wear during your stay (leggings, wide shirts, and when you leave the hospital
- bathing shorts for your partner in case he wants to slip into the bath with you :-)
For your baby:
- Baby clothes usually size 56/62
(the hospitals usually provide basic clothing for your baby during your stay. You only need baby clothes when leaving the hospital. Make sure they are suitable according to the season.)
- a blanket to cover your baby leaving the hospital or in winter a tiny sleeping bag
- muslin / burp cloth
- Newborn car seat if you leave by car or taxi or a stroller / baby carrier.
- A book / magazine
- Pen and paper
Gravidamiga Manual Hospital Bag (from our birth preparation classes)
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